In the period immediately after the Second World War, America's public health was flush with new funding for and concern about chronic disease, especially heart disease. Join presenter Nicolas Rasmussen, Professor of Programs in History and Environmental Humanities in the School of Humanities and Languages in Sydney, Australia.
He explores the origins and fate of two of the most prominent, innovative heart disease control programs of the era, multiple screening and group psychotherapy for weight loss. Never well supported by evidence of efficacy, group weight loss became the main de facto American response to the perceived heart disease crisis, Rasmussen argues, due largely to the political conflict over national health insurance occurring at the time.
The era casts light on the larger picture of how postwar American public health gravitated toward interventions centered on individual behavior and may offer lessons for obesity interventions today.
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